Economic and mental health issues spike as the Covid-19 pandemic hits the world. While we focus our attention on the epidemic itself, it is also crucial for us to not neglect the mental health issues caused by the pandemic and movement restrictions.
In Japan, suicide is not something new. According to The Japan Times, Japan possesses the highest suicide rate among the G7 (Group of Seven) countries.
At the time of writing, Japan recorded a total of 2229 deaths caused by the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus. While the country is managing the epidemic better than many other countries, there were 2153 suicide death cases recorded in just October alone, according to the statistics from Japan’s Government Agency.
Suicide has taken more lives than the Covid-19 coronavirus did in Japan, with more than 17,000 suicide cases in Japan recorded from January to October 2020. Both women and children suicides surged.
According to CNN, the Japanese government precipitated its effort and budget for suicide prevention and survivor support. Its boosted efforts and counselling to combat suicides saw a positive result until this year when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the globe.
The lockdowns in countries to curb the spread of Covid-19 are not only jeopardizing the economy but also the mental health of the people, as staying at home also feeds on issues like domestic abuse and depression. In Malaysia, more people are shedding light on suicide prevention, especially amidst this global health crisis.
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